IN SEARCH OF THE MEANING OF DEATH, SHE’LL FIND THE MEANING OF LIFE.
The Ceruleans: mere mortals infused with power over life and death. Five books; one question: If the might of the heavens were in your hands, would you be sinner or saint?
Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Blake is haunted by death. Her estranged sister has made the ultimate dramatic exit. Running away from school, joining a surfing fraternity, partying hard: that sounds like Sienna. Butsuicide? It makes no sense.
Following in her sister’s footsteps, Scarlett comes to the isolated cove of Twycombe, Devon, with grand plans to uncover the truth. Alone. But she hasn’t reckoned on meeting two boys who are determined to help her. Luke: the blue-eyed surfer who’ll see the real Scarlett, who’ll challenge her, who’ll save her. And Jude: the elusive drifter with a knack for turning up whenever Scarlett’s in need.
As Scarlett’s quest for the truth unravels, so too does her grip on reality as she’s always known it. Because there’s something strange going on in this little cove. A dead magpie circles the skies. A dead deer watches from the undergrowth. Hands glow with light. Warmth. Power.
What transpires is a summer of discovery. Of what it means to conquer fear. To fall in love. To choose life. To choose death.
To believe the impossible.
I would like to start this review by telling everybody how much I enjoyed this book! I was kind of hesitant to read this because of the title which suggests that the novel will likely be about death and wanting to die, and I don’t know if my mind can take reading about another suicide book, without permanent damage. But, I’m quite happy I ignored my apprehension, and went on ahead and read it. And actually, instead of focusing on death, the book showed the opposite side of the coin, which is life, change, acceptance, and moving on.
Let’s start with the genre YA-Paranormal-Romance, which I think is a very good recipe to make a very interesting novel. I want to commend the book because it really showed features of YA (self-discovery, choice, and independence), it also has the mystery, suspense, and the unexpected twists of paranormal books, and finally, it made me smile and it made my heart flutter, which is pretty classic romance stuff.
When I first started the novel, I noticed that the language and tone is kind of different, the characters speak differently, the conversations are kind of formal, and some words are longer and unfamiliar. It took me 2 chapters and some googling to figure out that the book is set in England, Plymouth to be exact. But don’t get me wrong I love England, and English people, (e.g. BASTILLE, and ED SHEERAN) and don’t get me started on their accent. After a few chapters though, it became easier to read, I guess my brain got accustomed to the language.
“When the time comes, you will choose to come with me.
You will choose death, Scarlett Blake. You will choose me.”
I think Megan Tayte is my kind of person because she just mentioned three of my most favorite things in this world in the book! First she mentioned Damon and Stefan from TVD, and then she mentioned The Originals, and finally Ed Sheeran! I officially loved the novel when she mentioned Ed. Although I kind of beg to differ with her through Scarlett’s statement that Harry Potter is only hot in one angle, because he is hot in all angles hihihi.
The book was written from Scarlett’s POV and her head is a nice enough place to be with. I kind of relate to her most of the time. We have the same wardrobe, a shirt and some pants, except for the cardigan, but I bet cardigans would also be included in my usual clothes if it wasn’t so hot in the Philippines. Like her, I also don’t enjoy shopping, and I love reading books. I’m also very interested in history; in fact I’ve won awards in several history quiz bees in elementary and high school. I think I’m not as brave and strong as her though, I wouldn’t dare do what she did to summon Jude. I also don’t have her glowing hands and her magical ‘ability’. Also, her relationship with her parents really makes me sad, because it is somehow irreparable. I hope it gets better in book 2.
There was this scene that was kind of funny because she wanted to be with Luke, but still she was thinking about Jude, whom she described as intense, and I instantly thought about Stefan and Damon, the one who is safe to love, and the one who is too exciting and intense.
Scarlett’s main love interest, Luke is a really sweet guy. He is basically your good-guy, knight in shining armor type, although he is too over-protective for my taste (only because I value free-will too much). I guess he has the right to be over-protective though, he lost too much. As Scarlett fell for Luke, I guess he kind of grew on me too. I really liked his character because he cooks, and he cooks really well, he is also funny, and he is buff, and finally he thinks pandas are adorable, (how cute is that!).
There were some kind of repetitions used in the book, I think it was done to make a point or added to build emotions, or in the case of Luke and Scarlett, to induce some giggly feels. There was this scene when they kept repeating Great, and I was like, “Awwww! Is great their always?” Megan also used Track 11 on Ed Sheeran’s album, +, to make one of the most wonderful first kisses I’ve ever read.
“In a little over a day … I’d amassed more happy memories than the past month, year — lifetime? — had given me. I would always look back on this summer, I knew, and live in these memories.”
I liked Cara’s character because she loves vampire films and she’s a very awesome friend. I also really admire her because despite her leg injury, she tries to live her life to the fullest.
Jude remains to be a mystery to me until the end. He is this strange, attractive guy who shows up once in a while, with hair so blonde that it’s almost white, oh, and grey eyes. To be honest, he kind of reminds me a little bit of L.J. Smith’s character, Julian in the Forbidden Game series. I am excited to read and know more about him in book 2!
She revealed the biggest twist just before the ending, and Scarlett was left with a choice, and I’m just like, “Please don’t hurt Luke too much in the next book, please, please, please.” So basically, I need to read the next book!!!!!
To conclude, I want to say that this book is just the right mix of YA and romance and paranormal. As I said it’s not as scary or dark as other paranormal stories, it’s sweet, and the underlying mystery of Sienna’s ‘death’ keeps it very interesting. It’s a very enjoyable book, and I bet any reader who likes YA will be hooked by this series.